Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya Fight to Headline UFC 222


Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya Fight to Headline UFC 222

The card, which will take place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, needed a new headliner after Max Holloway suffered an ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from his featherweight title tilt against Frankie Edgar. The UFC tabbed Brian Ortega to fight Edgar in a three-round, non-title bout in the co-main event. It was also noted that the UFC tried to book a UFC Women's Featherweight Championship Match between Cris Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya, however, that didn't come to fruition either.

Justino has been in Portugal and it's not clear how much she has been training.

The two will compete in a three-round, non-title fight, with the victor expected to face Holloway for the title upon his return from injury.

A striker, Kunitskaya is 2-2 with a no-contest in her last five fights. Kunitskaya had been scheduled to make her Octagon debut with Leah Letson at UFC on Fox 28 on February 24. And it's a featherweight title fight that will top the bill - on the women's side.

Cyborg will look to defend her title for the second time since being crowned a UFC champion last July.

The event will also mark the UFC debut of undefeated MMA fighter and IBJJF Champion Mackenzie Dern, who is slated to take on Ashley Yoder. The owner of a flawless 13-0 record, with seven of those victories coming by way of submission, "T-City" became the No. 3 ranked featherweight in the UFC and was sure he would be next in line for a title much to the chagrin of other contenders in the division.

In a stroke of luck, that made Kunitskaya, a 28-year old from Murmansk, Russia, available to fight for UFC gold.

Regardless, Frankie Edgar would be taking a huge risk by putting his title shot on the line against someone as unsafe as Brian Ortega.



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